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Most antiques, ancient coins, jewellery, showpieces or silver bars may appear black due to the process of oxidisation. The black layer is, mainly, formed from hydrogen sulphide that is the coating formed on the outer layer of the metal. Grey white metal may oxidize faster in conditions where there is a lot of light and higher humidity. There are many other things which can cause fast tarnishing like air pollution or the presence of minerals in the water or keeping the items in contact with water, chemicals etc. Studies find microscopically the process of tarnishing starts immediately as the metal comes in contact with the environment and it can happen immediately after the process of cleaning as the item is being exposed to air but the change may not be apparent right away as it shows after some weeks. The tarnishing can appear as black powder or brownish patina or grey, and sometimes, it appears as a pinkish brown coat.
Many such tarnished items can get back the original shine but not all types of tarnishes can be removed easily. People use different methods to clean silver bars like polishes, dips, cleaners, chemicals, baking soda etc. People may own not only coins but fine dining sets, cutlery, glasses and other items made up of the metal, which can be cleaned using the baking soda method.
In this method, a small glass bowl can be taken with aluminium foil at the base with a shiny surface turned up.
Water is boiled in a bowl and a couple of tablespoon of baking soda is poured in the bowl with the foil and then, the silver bullion can be dropped in it.
One can fill the bowl with the aluminium foil at base, with boiling water, for some minutes where after 4 to 5 minutes, smelly fumes will come out.
Later, the coin and other items in the bowl can be removed and washed in the tap water.
In the lemon acid method, the coins are kept in lemon acid for some hours. Sometimes, the items are kept for almost 24 hours depending on the kind of oxidation layers formed in the surface. The next day the items are cleaned and dried with soft paper.
Sometimes, iron nails are added to the lemon acid to enhance chemicals reactions of the acid bath but if nails are used, it is advised not to keep the coins in the acid for more than half an hour.
The method like fluid acid can be used to clean the oxidation spots of silver bars or bullions. The items are then cleaned with warm vinegar, soft tissues, sour milk or raw potato cut. Rubbing these items can help to get rid of the oxidation layers.
Most experts will not advise using the method of scrubbing or using dips to eliminate the outer layer as it can cause a mild reduction in the overall weight of the item. But many such dips are highly powerful cleaners, which can get back the shine in seconds.
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